Doubt in the Faith 

Having doubt in iman (faith) concerning the pillars of belief, such as the existence of God and the hereafter, is a mental confusion that occupies the mind and which might result in complete denial. It is essential and fardh (obligatory) for every Muslim to strengthen his iman. Belief has different levels, and it is just not enough to just say, “I believe” in order to achieve high levels of iman. And it is not certain whether a Muslim can keep his belief strong all through his life. What concerned the…

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Marks of Islam

Sha‘a’ir means ‘mark’ or ‘symbol’. Some modes of worship and social institutions are called sha’a’ir al-Islamiyya which   are the things that symbolize Islam, are always seen in Muslim communities, and show that the country is a Muslim nation. Acts of worship like prayer, fasting in Ramadan, and calling the adhan; articles of clothing like the turban and the hijab; Qur’anic writing and letters, and the mosques and minarets are among the sha’a’ir. And they present the outward manifestation of Islam. There are two great social benefits of the sha’a’ir:…

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The unity of the Muslims

The articles on The unity of the Muslims in the history of Turkish media first appeared in the Basiret newspaper in October 1873. The first article was written by Esad Efendi, clerk of the maritime court. To him Islamic history was in fact a history of the unity of the Muslims; and the Ottomans became a point of reference and a protector. “Since the religion of Islam commands tawhid (unity), the means of unity for us is the fact that Islam brings together and unites,” said Esad Efendi; and the…

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Who is the most fortunate?

The most fortunate is the person who: does not forget the hereafter for this world, does not sacrifice the hereafter for this world, does not destroy the life of the hereafter for worldly life, and does not waste his life on trivial things; But rather: considers himself to be a guest and acts in accordance with the commands of the guest-house’s owner. Then: opens the door of the grave in confidence and enters upon eternal happiness. Because: this world is transitory, life is short, the truly essential duties are many,…

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